Wildflowers along Lusardi Trail (8 photos)

The Lusardi Trail runs through a good part of the area that burned in last year’s Bernardo Fire in our area. I made some photos about two months after the fire and now after we had some rain went again to see how nature is recovering (I was of course hoping for an abundance of wildflowers and I did find the usual suspects, but not too many of them).

While trying to get usable hand-held macro photos (I was walking Toni and didn’t really feel like hauling the tripod along; and also it was pretty windy, which makes any serious attempts at macros rather futile IMHO) and working to focus the lens I found the completely out-of-focus blur of wildflowers quite attractive, and made a photo of that (see below, “Blue Dicks Blur”).

Then I remembered the “Orton Effect” and Mark Wade‘s wonderfully creative multiple exposure work, and I tried to combine the two. The multiple exposure photos below consist of one frame in focus, one mildly de-focused, and one completely out of focus. I didn’t care much for the alignment of the three frames because I was more looking for a dreamy blur – and I quite like the result!

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